Springtime Safety Tips for Dogs and Cats

Finally, the milder temperatures of spring have arrived. Unfortunately, so have a host of hazards to our furry four-legged friends! Beware of the following springtime dangers as your Carmel vet discusses them below.


We aren’t the only ones that have to worry about the sniffling, sneezing, and stuffed-up sinuses caused by springtime allergies. Many pets can react to the pollen, dust, and dirt in the air as well. Since severe reactions may even include deadly anaphylactic shock, it’s important to have your pet examined by a veterinary professional right away. He or she can get your pet on preventative medication to manage the symptoms.

Outdoor Pests

Pests like fleas, ticks, and parasitic worms like the warmer temperatures just as much as our pets do. Spring is the prime time for them to latch onto our pets, causing infestations, infections, and other problems. Keep your pet on a yearly preventative medicine that takes care of fleas, ticks, and heartworm. See your vet for a recommendation.


Spraying pesticides on gardens to keep the bugs off may help the plants, but it can be dangerous for our pets. These products are chemicals, after all, and may poison a companion animal if he decides to munch on a leaf. Keep pets indoors when treating your garden or lawn, and don’t let them come in contact with chemically-treated grass or plants.

Cleaning Products

Spring cleaning products most likely contain dangerous ingredients for our furry friends. All-purpose cleaners, bleaches, solvents, freshening sprays, paints, and more should be safely stored in closed cabinets or closets where pets can’t reach them. It’s safest to keep your pet in another room while you’re cleaning.

Open Windows

Every year, veterinarians treat fall-related injuries that occur when pets fall out of open or improperly-screened windows. Even usually-graceful cats, who enjoy lounging by open windows, can accidentally fall out, injuring themselves seriously in a fall. Check each window in your home to make sure the screen is sturdy, or only open your windows a small crack.

Your Carmel veterinarian can tell you about more helpful springtime safety tips. Advance knowledge is the best tool to keep your beloved pet safe from this season’s hazards!

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